Pop-up 5G Standalone Non-Public Networks (SNPNs) for Live Broadcast Production

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Originally Aired - Tuesday, April 18   |   3:00 PM - 3:20 PM PT

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A portable, pop-up private standalone 5G network has been developed and deployed around the world in a series of successful proof-of-concepts for outside broadcast production in remote locations. The flexible software-defined radio (SDR) allows us to rapidly customize the network to the environment and requirements, with low-latency configurations and heavy uplink biasing to support multiple wireless camera feeds. We used shared spectrum available in the n78 and upper n77 bands (3.3 – 4.2 GHz) in UK, Ireland, Kenya and New Zealand to deliver live-to-air footage. We explored the use of bonding multiple low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites and cellular backhaul, which allowed us to broadcast the Pitlochry Highland Games live from rural Scotland into the IBC 2022 show in Amsterdam.

This paper will discuss the critical technical capabilities of the pop-up private 5G network and how broadcasters have rapidly deployed the technology to support historic and sporting events, including the final journey from Scotland of Queen Elizabeth II and the Danish parliamentary elections. We will also explore how to configure connectivity for optimum performance.

Presented as part of:

Sustainability and 5G

The Future of Delivery and 5G | CONNECT |


Malcolm Brew
Lead Engineer
University of Strathclyde / Neutral Wireless
Samuel Yoffe
Systems Engineer
Neutral Wireless